It is with much excitement and pride that we celebrate the appointment of Amardeep Singh, the Sikh Coalition’s Director of Programs, to serve on the White House Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders!
The White House Initiative was launched earlier this year in the Department of Education, and it will serve as a way to connect government agencies with the AAPI community’s needs. The director of the Initiative is Kiran Ahuja, who comes from the non-profit sector herself. The Initiative is guided by a 20-person voluntary, presidentially-appointed Commission made up of community leaders from the business, non-profit, and professional sectors. There will be a reception, including a swearing-in ceremony, this upcoming Tuesday September 21st.
You can read more about the Initiative here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/16/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts
To our knowledge this is the first appointment of a Sikh to a commission of this sort (President Clinton had an AAPI Commission as well).
Needless-to-say this is a huge milestone for the Sikh American community and an exceptionally notable professional accomplishment for Amar. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire Sikh Coalition family and greater Sikh community when I say that we are unbelievably appreciative and proud of the work Amar has done on behalf of the Sikh American community for nearly a decade now. History will no doubt note his many significant contributions in the fight for Sikh and non-Sikh civil rights. And those of us who have privilege of working with Amar closely these years know that he has approached this important work with a combination of passion, tenacity and humor that is uniquely Amar.
The Commission will no doubt benefit from Amar’s expertise and insight to the betterment of the entire AAPI community.
Executive Director, Sikh Coalition